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upc cablecom increases subs, revenues

upc cablecom has increased both its total number of subscribers and its revenue in the first 9 months of the year. The Liberty Global subsidiary now has almost 2.6 million subscribers across Switzerland. It experienced sustained growth in the Internet segment, where the number of subscriptions has increased by 53,400 since January 1st. The revenue also developed positively, rising by CHF […]

Altice makes €7bn Portugal Telecom bid

Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice has made a binding, fully-financed offer to purchase the Portuguese assets of Portuguese quad-play telco Portugal Telecom from Oi, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil and South America, both in terms of subscribers and revenues. These assets comprise the existing business of Portugal Telecom outside of Africa and excludes Portugal Telecom’s Rio Forte debt […]

ONO TV on Android phones

Spain’s largest cable company ONO, recently acquired by Vodafone, is launching its ONO online TV service on Android-based devices with the service available through Google Play. The service, with up to 40 TV channels, was already available on PCs, tablets, iPhones and Macs. The company is enhancing the service with the addition of VoD including premieres and pay per view […]

Time Warner Cable disappoints with video subs

Time Warner Cable the cable company awaiting regulatory approval to merge with Comcast reported profit behind analysts’ estimates as more video subscribers canceled service and programming costs rose. Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 video customers in the third quarter, while rising costs for sports programming cut into profit. The company lowered its revenue forecast for the year to $22.8 billion, […]

CASBAA: ‘Light touch’ needed for pay-TV regulation

John Medeiros, chief policy officer at the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), has called for governments in the region to exercise a light touch in their regulation of pay-TV networks, which he says should be freed from archaic regulations, inequitable censorship controls and unfair tax burdens which are not levied on online content supply. He also warned […]

FCC proposes updated MVPD definition

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, says the industry has passed from an era where it was necessary to build a purpose-specific pathway to deliver video, and accordingly, the Commission is putting forth proposals to update FCC rules to recognise this new reality and, as a result, expand competition and consumer choice, a move that could benefit OTT players such as Aereo […]

US broadband subs to exceed pay-TV

While residential broadband penetration will soon top 100 million US households, legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline. According to The Diffusion Group (TDG), during the next few months, and for the first time in history, the number of home broadband subscriptions will surpass the number of home pay-TV subscriptions. While asserting a causal relationship between these […]

FilmOn seeks MVPD redefinition


Antenna-based Internet television streaming operation FilmOn has joined similar service Aereo in filing a required ex parte notice disclosing its recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), when it informed the Commission of its intent to commence retransmission of local television broadcast stations to authenticated subscribers in local markets consistent with FCC Rules applicable to Multichannel Video Programming Distributors […]

Vodafone probe ONO alleged tax fraud


Vodafone has launched a probe into possible tax fraud at Spain’s largest cable company ONO prior to its acquisition by the British firm. The allegation is ONO ran a network of off-the-books subsidiary companies that traded in call packets, and did not declare Value Added Tax (VAT) worth €60 million on an estimated €250 million of operations. Four employees – […]

Virgin Media expands in NE England


Virgin Media is expanding its network to 5,000 more homes across the North East of England providing Internet access at speeds up to 152Mb or eight times faster than the national average. Work is underway to connect more households in Hartlepool, Darlington, Sunderland and Stockton-On-Tees and is expected to be complete by the end of October. The expansion will see […]

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